So I had the pleasure along with the 19000 Attendees to attend the AWS re:Invent 2015 in Las Vegas, I wish.
Unfortunately I wasn’t that lucky so I have had to settle for the next best thing, watching the sessions on youtube. AWS have their own YouTube channel which has all the session plus other AWS related videos for you to view.
Given I haven’t watched every session, and as everyone is interested in different topics and has varying levels of knowledge in AWS I am not going to say you must watch this session or that session. Rather, I suggest you have a look at the AWS YouTube channel and see if anything takes your fancy.
I will, however make a few comments about the keynotes. This is where they announce their new services and introduce organisations that are using AWS in interesting or unique ways. As I am amazed at the rate new services that are released by AWS I’ll focus on what new services were announced in the two Keynotes.
Day 1 AWS re:Invent 2015 Keynote | Andy Jassy or the condensed version.
“I am very happy to announce….”
- Amazon QuickSight – Fast, Easy to Use, Cloud Powered BI (Available in Preview)
- Amazon Kinesis Firehose – Easily Load Streaming Data into AWS (Available now)
- Amazon Snowball – Highly Secure, Shippable Storage Appliance (Available now)
- MariaDB available on Amazon RDS
- AWS Database Migration Service – Easily Migrate Production Databases to AWS with minimal downtime (Available in Preview)
- AWS Schema Conversion Tool – Migrate between Database Engines Reliably and Easily (Available now)
- AWS Config Rules – Set up Compliance rules for resource configurations, trigger automatic actions when rules aren’t met (Available in Preview)
- Amazon Inspector – Automated Security assessment service that finds security or compliance issues when deploying applications on AWS (Available in Preview)
“I am very happy to announce….”
- AWS IoT – Securely connect and manage devices, at any scale (Beta Available now)
- Amazon EC2 Container Registry – Fully Managed, Secure Reportistory for Container Images (Available later this year)
- New Funtionality for Lambda – VPC SUpport, Run Functions for longer (5min), Schedule Functions, and Python for Lambda
- AWS Mobile Hub
- New Instance Types – X1 2TB Memory (available First 1/2 2016), T2.nano 1vCPU 512MB RAM (Available later this year)
- Amazon Kinesis Analytics – Powerful SQL-Based, Time Series Analytics for Streaming Data (Available Next year)
Note: Not all services are available in all regions and the release dates are what I could see from the two key notes so it may pay to check if they are available before getting too excited.
As you can see there were a lot of new and exciting services announced at AWS re:Invent 2015 and like I said I haven’t watched all the sessions. However, I have tried to list and link to the associated breakout session for each announcement.
The above isn’t a full list of new services and features announced at re:Invent. AWS also release new services at a fast rate so I recommend checking the ‘What’s New from Amazon Web Services‘ page on a regular basis to ensure you are aware of all the new features and services that may make your life as an AWS user easier.
Barry, Preventer of Chaos
Note: At the time of writing this blog post, the YouTube channel was the next best thing however last night I was fortunate enough to attend the local AWS meetup in Auckland where Richard Busby from AWS gave a great overview of the new services that were announced.